Outing on a cold day

It was cold but sunny this morning and it seemed a pity to waste it. First was breakfast and for this we returned to Giraffe. They do a very nice porridge, among other things.

Is it ready yet?
Is it ready yet?

We then took the 38 bendy-bus to Holborn. Holborn is quite an interesting area once you start to explore. For one thing, there is the LSE there, which seems to be spreading in all directions and taking over local streets and buildings.

One of the LSE buildings
One of the LSE buildings

There are quite a few historic buildings in the area such as the old shop in Sheffield Street, now the property of the LSE…

Once upon a time, Hepburn & Cocks manufactured dispatch boxes here
Once upon a time, Hepburn & Cocks manufactured dispatch boxes here

… and this parish house which today accommodates a printing company.

St Clement Danes Parish House
St Clement Danes Parish House

Nearby is Lincoln’s Inn Fields, one of the Inns of Court. There are some impressive old buildings to be seen here too.

Impressive building in Lincoln's Inn Fields
Impressive building in Lincoln’s Inn Fields

The building at 66 Lincoln’s Inn Fields was the home of Lord Powys in the 17th century and today it is occupied by Farrer & Co.

Canada Water
Canada Water

We caught another bus (buses are great for exploring) and made a break at Canada Water. I was startled to find this lake with water fowl on it, a beautiful surprise in the midst of the built-up area.

Relaxing in the sun
Relaxing in the sun

Beside the nearby Surrey Quays shopping centre, these pigeons, though puffed up against the cold, were relaxing in the sun.

Lewisham Clock Tower
Lewisham Clock Tower

The next leg of the bus journey took us to Lewisham, whose clock tower was built in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. Today the first stalls of Lewisham Market hug its feet like chicks around the mother hen.

Lewisham Market doing vigorous trade
Lewisham Market doing vigorous trade

Lewisham actually has four markets and though they face competition from the high streets shops and the Lewisham shopping centre, they seem to be surviving a doing a vigorous trade.

After a look around said shopping centre, we decided to take the bus back home where we made tea and relaxed from our day out.

We had had a good breakfast at the Giraffe but that was this morning! We had had nothing since, except cups of tea. Around 6:30 we were beginning to feel hungry. Tigger had on a previous occasion spotted an Indian restaurant opposite Waterloo station and suggested we go there. So we did.

Bangalore Indian restaurant, Waterloo
Bangalore Indian restaurant, Waterloo

It is called Bangalore (yes, really). It is an interesting cross between an Indian restaurant and a Chinese noodle bar. For example, the “menu” is a paper place mat and the service is fast and without frills. I was impressed with the food, however, and would go there again.

Upper level booths accessed by ladder
Upper level booths accessed by ladder

An interesting feature of this restaurant is the upper level booths which are accessed by individual ladders, a bit like bunk beds, perhaps. It must be tiring for the waiters to have to go up and down – or perhaps it keeps them fit! The photo is a bit unsharp because it was taken in low light with the camera on my phone.

Then it was back home to warm up and make tea. I think that today, despite the sunshine, is the coldest day so far. To go out this evening I put on an extra layer and I will dig out my winter coat at the next opportunity.

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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4 Responses to Outing on a cold day

  1. Ed says:

    I like the way you seem to constantly re-discover you city.
    I do the same with mine, but it’s so much smaller than London !

    • SilverTiger says:

      It certainly helps that London is such a huge area. There are always things you never noticed before or whose significance you missed. And things change, too. Continuously…🙂

  2. Reluctant Blogger says:

    Oh I love the ladders in that restaurant. What a great idea.

    But I am horrified that you went without lunch. I could never do that. My day has to be peppered with regular intakes of food or I am prone to passing out. It doesn’t help me eat more if I miss a meal either (I’ve tried that when I’ve known I’m going to eat a lot of an evening) – I just end up feeling nauseous and unable to eat at all.

    I admire your great fortitude. You would survive much better in the wild than I would!

    • SilverTiger says:

      It’s not so much fortitude as accommodating to circumstances. During the working week we have a light breakfast and a light lunch and a more substantial evening meal, but when we are on holiday, we have breakfast in the hotel which is usually quite a big meal, so we often skip lunch or have it late in the afternoon.

      Similarly, over the weekend, if we go out, we’ll have a cafe breakfast which will set us up for the day and put off eating until we get home. Or maybe we’ll have a toasted teacake or something while out.

      There’s nothing fixed about it. If there’s a rule it would be “Eat if you’re hungry and if you’re not, don’t!”

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